Avionics Report

August 1999 Issue

Stormscope or Radar?

With the display market in turmoil, having both (together) is an affordable option. Nonetheless, sferics is still the best value.

Lucky indeed are airline captains when it comes to storm avoidance. They’ve got a multi-thousand dollar radar system with a dish the size of a manhole cover and an earnest young first officer to twiddle the tilt knob and suggest deviations.

And there will be no arguments about which is better—Stormscope or radar—because airliners don’t have Stormscopes. They rely exclusively (well, almost) on radar to skirt nasty weather. So if the airlines use radar to the exclusion of sferics gear, it must be far better, right?

Well, maybe yes, if you happen to be sporting around in a Boeing or a Micky-D with a big antenna spewing out enough microwave energy to bake a potato five miles downrange....

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